Members of the Briton stock seat team returned early from their winter break to compete at the final show of the season before Regionals. The double header, hosted by Michigan State University, was held at the MSU Pavilion on January 13. While the team came away with a third and fourth place, there were quite a few Albion riders that returned with Champion and Reserve individual ribbons.
Senior Katie Petchell (Pinckney/Pinckney Community) was especially happy to wrap up the season by securing her spot at Regionals in both the Open riding and reining. Her second place in Open and first place in reining made Petchell the Reserve Grand Champion rider for the whole show. Teammate Lindsey Memering (White Lake/Milford) also won her Intermediate II class which confirmed her points to qualify for Regionals as well.
The Advanced division was dominated by Albion riders as well. Sophomores Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) and Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian) both placed first in their Advanced divisions, as did first-year student Jennifer Fifield (Oxford/Oxford).
There was some excitement in the air when senior Chelsea Utt (Harbor Springs/Petoskey) won first place in Open reining and then fourth place in Open riding, which Memqualified her for a three-way ride-off. Utt came away with the Reserve Grand Champion rider.
The IHSA Stock Seat Regional Championships will take place on February 10 at the Michigan State University Pavilion. Ten Albion College stock seat riders will contend at Regionals to vie for coveted spots at the Semi-Finals from there.